I'm a gardener in the humid midwest, so I know nothing about this topic.
I'm in So Calif visiting family.
My sister has ripped out all of her grass lawn and has installed a thriving xeriscape yard.
But she finds this time of year to look pretty bleak, as many of the summer flowering plants no longer bloom in winter.
Are there xeriscape plants which bloom in winter to fill in the gap?
Property is in the hills of orange county south of Los Angeles - zone 9B.
Any help will be appreciated.
Aloes, yes . . . most of them are winter or spring flowering. However, if temps get too low, flowers will freeze even when leaves don't. So, planting them on the south side of a solid fence or wall, or, under an evergreen tree that gives mottled shade, to protect flowers from the cold is good. Mine will re-flower if the first ones freeze, but it is depressing each time some freeze.
Tecoma Capensis is not quite xeriscapable, the Cape Honeysuckle gives a *magnificent* flower show through the cold winter, as long as it isn't TOO cold! (If it is, though, the leaves & flowers --and sometimes stems-- freeze to death.)